Thunderbirds History, Photo Gallery & Schedule of Events

The Thunderbirds are the air demonstration squadron of the U.S. Air Force (USAF), based at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, Nevada. The squadron tours the United States and much of the world, performing aerobatic formation and solo flying in specially marked USAF jet aircraft. The name is taken from the legendary creature that appears in the mythology of several indigenous North American cultures.

Officers serve a two-year assignment with the squadron, while enlisted personnel serve three to four. As the squadron performs no more than 88 air demonstrations each year, replacements must be trained for about half of the team each year, in order to prove a constant mix of experience.

In addition to their air demonstration responsibilities, the Thunderbirds are part of the USAF combat force and if required, can be rapidly integrated into an operational fighter unit.  Since February 15, 1974 the Thunderbirds have been a component of the 57th Wing at Nellis AFB.

Schedule of Events

February 26
Daytona Beach, FL
March 8
Nellis AFB, NV
March 17
MCAS Yuma, AZ
March 31
Lakeland, FL
April 1
Lakeland, FL
April 14 - 15
Davis Monthan AFB, AZ
April 21 - 22
Barksdale AFB, LA
April 28 - 29
Fort Lauderdale, FL
May 5 - 6
Shaw AFB, SC
May 12 - 13
JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ
May 19 - 20
March AFB, CA
May 23
USAF Academy, CO
May 26 - 27
Hill AFB, UT
June 2 - 3
Rockford, IL
June 9 - 10
Ocean City, MD
June 16 - 17
North Kingstown, RI
June 23 - 24
Indianapolis, IN
June 30
Battle Creek, MI
July 1
Battle Creek, MI
July 7 - 8
Gary, IN
July 21 - 22
JB Lewis-McChord, WA
July 25
Cheyenne, WY
July 28 - 29
JB Elmendorf-Richardson, A

August 4 - 5
Hillsboro, OR
August 11 - 12
Abbotsford, ON
August 17
Atlantic City, NJ
August 25 - 26
Brunswick, ME
September 1 - 2
Davenport, IA
September 8 - 9
Sacramento, CA
September 15 - 16
Scott AFB, IL
September 22 - 23
Salinas, CA
September 29 - 30
McConnell AFB, KS
October 6 - 7
Fort Worth, TX
October 10 - 11
Nellis AFB, NV

October 13 - 14
Daytona Beach, FL
October 20 - 21
El Paso, TX
October 27 - 28
Moody AFB, GA
November 3 - 4
Homestead AFB, FL
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